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Parfrey's Glen Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Merrimac, Wisconsin that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 209 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Closed

No dogs

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As of July 2020 this property is closed due to COVID-19. Please check here for updates: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=1 Parfreys Glen is Wisconsins first State Natural area and is unquestionably the most visited state natural area outside of Devils Lake State Park. The glen is open to the public from 6am to 8pm. At its uppermost part, the glen reaches a depth of nearly 100 feet and embraces a mountain-type stream In the last 20 years, the glen has been changed drastically by powerful floods. The glen has gone through various closures, repairs and upgrades in recent years. The bridges and trail known to hikers in the 80s and early 90s are now gone. The trail was again damaged by flooding in 2010 and closed until the fall of 2011. The 2011 repairs only went as far as the gorge itself. The expectation of further floods has caused the DNR to curb spending on repairs within the gorge proper. Hikers wishing to continue up to the waterfall must navigate a stream and rough stone. The steps leading up to the old viewing area and the viewing area are also damaged. Steps are missing and a section of the viewing area is now partly collapsed. Use caution if you plan to go beyond the marked trail.

Parking lot in entrance, fits about 16 vehicles. Street parking available to overflow.

Pafreys Glen is about 4 miles east of Devils Lake State Park. To reach Parfreys Glen, just take Hwy. 113 south out of Baraboo and turn left on DL. The entrance will be on your left a few miles down. The entrance is a bit hard to see, but if come to a 4-way stop near the Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, you passed it. Just turn around and go back about a half mile.

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Gabrielle De Kok
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Trail is still closed for Covid19, as of 6/14/2020

David Bellini
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Eva Cahnman
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Amazing! A must see

Ryan Goudschaal
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Gande Li
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Full of surprises at every turn. Hands down the best trail around Madison.

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Melanie Biertzer
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Kaitlyn Hall
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Fun creek walking past maintained trail; found cool ice structure

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Sammy Obrigewitch
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I think this is my favorite hike I've ever done! The only reasons I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because dogs aren't allowed and you have to pay to use the trail if you don't have a Wisconsin state parks pass. This hike is gorgeous the whole way but the real beauty begins once you get passed the maintained trail and follow the creek in between the cliffs. It really makes you feel small and looks more like something you would find in the Amazon, not wisconsin! Make sure you bring shoes that have good grip and that you don't mind getting wet.

Emma Weiss
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Fun trail with a waterfall. In summer it is a good idea to wear a sandal like a Chaco or keen since it’s easy to step in the water

Jesse Wunsch
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Beautiful and fun hike.

Tad Spencer
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Shayna Moen
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First part of the trail is an easy stroll. Once the valley walls approach you will have to scramble on rocks and logs to get over the stream. Absolutely beautiful valley and colorful leafs in Autumn. I definitely recommend.

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Tina Halsey
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Paulina Pitra
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Jerry Zhu
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Golden foliage and sunshine. Water is not too high. A lot of young kids.

Ashleigh Sloan
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Valerie VanOurkerk
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Once the tail ends, you're on you own climbing over large boulder type rocks and through the stream. It was pretty easy until the trail ended then became increasingly challenging for this novice. It was awesome though! My new hikers stayed dry through the stream but my friend was soaked. I kept thinking it was like a jungle gym for adults!

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